Amy Cooper, the white woman dubbed “Central Park Karen” after she accused a black bird-watcher of threatening her in 2020, lost a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was illegally fired And he was portrayed as a racist.
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US District Judge Ronnie Abrams on Wednesday dismissed Cooper’s claim that he was defamed by former employer Franklin Templeton, a holding company, axed a day after a viral brawl in Central Park.
Cooper claimed that Franklin Templeton and its chief executive Jenny Johnson perpetuated her image as a “privileged white woman ‘Karen'” by making public statements about her sacking after investigating the incident.
In May 2020, Cooper went viral after video showed her yelling at beader Christian Cooper and calling police for claiming an “African American man” was walking his dog while she was walking his dog in Central Park. Was “threatening”.
Her lawsuit, filed in May 2021, argued that her calls to police had nothing to do with Christian’s raceâbut because an “overzealous birdwatcher” saw her as a “target” in a fight between bird and dog lovers. as chosen.
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Cooper was charged by the Manhattan District Attorney in July 2020 of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She was eventually charged by prosecutors after attending a therapy session on racial bias, but she still lost her job.
She had worked as an Insurance Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton since 2015.
Cooper claimed in his lawsuit that statements from his former employer, which received more than 200,000 likes on Twitter, meant that the company had uncovered details about his alleged racism that weren’t clear from the video, but a Manhattan judge disagreed. Were.
Abrams wrote in his ruling, “The content of the viral video, as well as the dialogue surrounding it in both the media and social media, were already matters of public knowledge,” describing the defendants’ statements as “passive as pure opinion”. .